*insert drum roll*
I am officially CANCER FREE!!!!!!!
F*** YOU stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma! You messed with the wrong girl, and you lost this battle.
I have never been happier to write a blog post. There is so much that I want to say, but words seem to be escaping me right now. I want to thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart for all your love, support, positive thoughts, prayers, and healing vibes. I have graciously received them, and they made all the difference. These last couple months have been the hardest of my life, but your kinds words of encouragement and love have made it so much easier for me. I will appreciate it for the rest of my long life. I am overjoyed to share this news with you.
I want to thank my amazing oncologist from Overlook (you know who you are) for being the most grounding, supportive, caring, not to mention smart doctor that I ever could have asked for. Thank you for taking care of me. I mean really taking care of me. My family has relied on you for information, emotional support, and overall sanity. I also want to thank my incredible oncologist from MSKCC. You have made my team complete and have been essential to my recovery. Without you and your dedication to Hodgkin's research, I wouldn't be thriving today. I will always be grateful for the both of you.
Although this is wonderful news, unfortunately I have to undergo preventative chemotherapy treatment (AVD) for the next 4 months. If all goes well, I should be done with treatment a week before my 21st birthday in October. Please continue to send your healing vibes my way. Before I forget, I want to mention that I will still be posting articles and videos on my blog. There is so much more that I desire to write about, and I want to continue to document my treatments over the next couple months.
Just a quick reminder to never take your life for granted. Trust me--you'll appreciate more, empathize more, and simply be happier. Do things that make you happy and relaxed. Your mental health should be one of your main priorities if it isn't already. Eat. Just eat. Be kind to yourself. You can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Choose wisely.
All my love,
Hi, I'm Lia. I have Hodgkin's lymphoma, but Hodgkin's lymphoma does not have me.